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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1997 Apr;78(4):424-9.

Unilateral neglect syndrome rehabilitation by trunk rotation and scanning training.

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Neurorehabilitation Unit, Tour de Gassies Centre, Bruges, France.



Assessment of a new rehabilitation method for unilateral neglect syndrome (UNS), using a specific device (Bon Saint Come's device) that associates exploratory reconditioning with voluntary trunk rotation.


Study 1, randomized control trial during 2 months; study 2, nonrandomized control trial during 2 months.


Neurorehabilitation units in private and public center.


In study 1, 22 consecutive patients with UNS resulting from recent stroke (< 3 months) were randomly assigned to an Experimental Group (11 patients) or to a Control Group (11 patients). The 2 groups were very similar in terms of general and neurological data. In study 2, 5 consecutive patients with chronic UNS resulting from an old stroke (> 6 months) showing the same characteristics were included.


In study 1, patients in Group E followed the experimental program 1 hour a day for 1 month (20 hours) and Group C followed usual neurorehabilitation during the same time. In study 2, every patient followed the experimental program 1 hour a day for 1 month (20 hours).


Assessment in both studies was done at day 0, day 30, and day 60 using a battery of UNS tests (Albert, Scheckenberg, bell) and an activities of daily living (ADL) test (the Functional Independence Measure [FIM]). Mean scores of each test were compared between the 2 groups with the Wilcoxon nonparametric test.


In study 1 all UNS test results and the FIM improved significantly more in Group E than in Group C. In Group E, UNS disappeared in 5 patients and improved in 6. In Group C, UNS disappeared in 1 patient, improved in 4, and was unchanged in 6. In Study 2, UNS remitted in 2 patients, improved in 2 patients, and was unchanged in 1.


The Bon Saint Come method seems to significantly improve recent and chronic UNS, as well as ADL function. These encouraging results could have resulted from a synergistic effect of spatial reconditioning and voluntary trunk rotation. It must be assessed by a new study with more patients.

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